And if you tolerate this

And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
Will be next
Will be next
Will be next

---oh wait, it's too late -our children are already in the firing line. damn.

Britain's trillion pound horror story

I sat through that whole Channel 4 program going 'uh? Wha...?' and 'hang on a minute - that's not right' and I screamed when they went over to Hong Kong. Oh yes, let's compare apples with oranges and indulge in the demented right-wing fantasy world where benign capitalists will solve all of society's ills... mmmmm.

The Socialist dissects better than I could...
Britain's trillion pound horror story | The Socialist 17 November 2010

Nearly everyday now

we hear of something else that our coaltion is taking way from the poor that affects them the most...

'sharing the burden' 'fairness' at first such phrases merely rang hollow, now the words are being used to mean the opposite.
Legal aid cuts would remove free advice for thousands of people

NUS starts campaign to oust leading Lib Dems | Education | The Observer


When a Party makes pledges they damn well should stick to them. Otherwise what's the point? The MPs concerned might as well just write 'barefaced liar' on their foreheads intead.

I happen to belong to the pre-fees generation when the state saw education of it's own population as an investment and generally a good thing in it's own right. As for fees isn't there a basic illogic there - trying to get money out of people who - as yet don't have any... which is why they have student loans... erm...

Of course the idea might be to get people used to being in debt from the very start and to get used to that the rest of their lives. Neat way of keeping people under control that. Odd then that suddenly the Govt. of today is saying that being in deep debt is a bad, bad thing... while deciding that students should be paying out a lot more to get them deeper in debt...


NUS starts campaign to oust leading Lib Dems

Plans to force jobless into unpaid work are unfair

Rowan Williams: Plans to force jobless into unpaid work are unfair | Politics | The Guardian

Well... my take on this is - if there was already 100% employment in this country and there were still thousands of unfilled vacancies for full time and part time and flexi-time jobs going begging - then - yeah this would seem fair. Possibly. Maybe. But there aren't and unless we look again at how we work and start asking crucial questions about how and why we work - we're not going to get any where.

But forcing people to work for their woefully meagre benefits...
Well the following random thoughts occur to me...

1. This is just slavery by the back door. If there are all these jobs that need doing, supposedly - then wouldn't it make far more sense to make these into proper full time - paid jobs which will have the people doing them off the dole figures and paying these taxes and supporting themselves...

2. Or they just noddy jobs that aren't worth doing - which is just demeaning and a punishment. Should working be a punishment? What sort of mixed message are they giving out there? Obviously (ha ha ha) they haven't thought through any of this...

Either way... having state sponsored slaves aren't they going to be competing against private firms doing the same sort of jobs? That's a big dent in the Tories' blind worship of the free market enterprise system isn't it? [or is it? ....mmmmmm....??? let's keep those wages artificially low shall we? In our race to the bottom.)


Let them eat cheese

Let them eat cheese: Irish government hands out block of cheddar to every family - Telegraph

They - the EU or whoever are just taking the piss now.

Seriously - there needs to be a people's revolt soon. If you tolerate this...